Leadership Team

Eagle’s Senior Leadership Team includes an elite group of staffing experts with over 125 years of combined experience in IT, Finance & Accounting, and Interim Management staffing. They work together to ensure employers are connected with high quality professionals, and job seekers secure the best contract and full-time career opportunities.

Janis Grantham, CEO and Chairman
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Janis GranthamJanis Grantham is a Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Chairman of the Board for Eagle. Ms. Grantham leads Eagle’s Executive Team and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, while overseeing day-to-day operations.

Ms. Grantham studied Computer Science at Carleton University, has an MBA from the Queen’s Executive Program and has been certified as a Corporate Director by the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has more than thirty years of industry experience starting as a computer programmer and working in various consulting and management roles for large system integrators and software companies.

Ms. Grantham was listed as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Business Owners by Profit Magazine for 12 consecutive years. She has also been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts on multiple occasions in both the North American Staffing 100 List and the Global Power 100 Women in Staffing list. In addition, she is a member of the Hall of Fame for Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 program, was the Consumers Choice Business Woman of the Year for Ottawa-Gatineau in 2005, and was a finalist in the 2002 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Jonah Laist, Chief Financial Officer
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Jonah LaistJonah Laist is a co-founder and Eagle’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Laist is responsible for all aspects related to Eagle’s finances, legal issues, risk management and is heavily involved in developing Eagle’s strategic direction.

Mr. Laist has over thirty years of experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Economics and History from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University. Mr. Laist has worked in the staffing industry for more than twenty years and has focused in the areas of planning, compliance, taxation, treasury management and risk management. Mr Laist also served on several committees with ACSESS (Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services).

Frances McCart, Vice President, Business Development/Executive & Management Consulting Division
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Frances McCartFrances McCart is Vice President of Eagle’s Executive & Management Consulting Division as well as Eagle’s Payroll Administration Division. She was one of the original founders of the company in 1996 and throughout her tenure at Eagle, she has worked in various leadership roles. Frances’ current role builds on her 20 years of sales experience within the Professional Staffing and Consulting Industry. Ms. McCart is responsible for leading new Business Development activities, and managing the executive relationships of Eagle’s largest National Accounts. Frances works with the regions in developing strategic sales directions for these lines of businesses and guiding strategic sales with selected target clients in Canada.

Ms. McCart has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and a minor in Business from the University of Waterloo’s Co-op Program. She has been working in the IT Sector and IT Staffing Industry since graduating from Waterloo.

Ms. McCart is very active in several charities, most notably the Children’s Aid Foundation (CAF). She is active in many CAF fundraising activities, in particular the CAF’s annual gala – The Teddy Bear Annual Gala. Ms. McCart was the Chairwomen of the CAF’s 2008 and 2009 galas, and was the co-chair for the 2015 Teddy Bear Gala. These galas raise over $2 Million annually. In addition to the CAF, Ms.McCart is active with the United Way, and CIBC’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns (Run for the Cure and Climb for the Cure). Most recently, she was part of a team that raised over $110,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!

David O’Brien, Vice President & General Manager, Government Services
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

David O'BrienDavid O’Brien, Vice President & General Manager, Government Services, is responsible for managing all of Eagle’s government business at both the Federal and Provincial levels. He oversees the performance of Eagle’s Ottawa and Montreal offices, as well as Toronto’s Public Sector Team, by guiding the activities of his sales and recruiting teams, managing those activities to meet corporate objectives and providing senior management direction and support to his teams. In addition, he develops and maintains relationships with Eagle’s key clients ensuring that Eagle is providing them with exceptional service. As a member of Eagle’s Executive Team, he participates in the regular strategic planning activities to guide Eagle’s future growth.

Mr. O’Brien holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce from Carleton University. Before joining Eagle early in 2003, Mr. O’Brien spent several years in the Advanced Technology Executive Search Industry, prior to which he ran his own enterprise.

Mr. O’Brien is the President of the Ottawa Chapter of NACCB, a member of the DPI Advisory Board, the IPS Advisory Committee, and Professional Services Advisory Committee. In addition, he volunteers regularly in his community, including time as a community volunteer and executive in his Community Association.

Brendhan Malone, Vice President & General Manager, Central Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Brendhan MaloneBrendhan Malone, Vice-President of Eagle’s Central Region, is responsible for the Eagle Team’s performance in the GTA and South Western Ontario. He guides the activities of his sales and recruiting teams, manages those activities to meet corporate objectives, and provides management direction and support to his teams. In addition, he develops and maintains relationships with Eagle’s key clients ensuring that Eagle is providing them with exceptional service. As a member of Eagle’s Management Team, he participates in regular strategic planning activities to guide Eagle’s growth into the future.

Mr. Malone has been working in the staffing industry for over 15 years. In that time, he has held various recruitment and account management roles, serving clients in all industries, and specializing in the telecommunications field. In his time at Eagle, Mr. Malone has had national account responsibility, including two years as National Sales Director.

Morley Surcon, Vice President, Strategic Accounts & Client Solutions
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Morley SurconMorley Surcon oversees Eagle’s branches in British Columbia, in addition to being a resource available to all Western companies as an advisor on Contingent Workforce Solutions, leveraging and sharing Eagle’s accumulated knowledge in this field. Morley works with companies to discuss their unique staffing challenges and assists them to evaluate their typical options, as well as innovative, customized alternatives. He also invests in building strong relationships with top Consultants, Thought-Leaders and Subject Matter Experts in the West, so as to have a top-talent network from which to draw when developing solutions. His work as a brand ambassador has Mr. Surcon representing Eagle at industry and client events.

A member of Eagle’s Executive Team, Morley actively participates in strategic planning activities, assisting in the development of corporate direction and national programming.

Morley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He has more than 25 years of sales and management experience in Communications, Technology and Staffing industries. Over the course of his career, he has held a number of progressive positions with national and multinational organizations. His expertise lies in contingent labor solutions, business operations and process management, sales management and marketing communications.

Kelly Benson, Vice President and General Manager, Prairie Region
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Kelly BensonKelly Benson, staffing and talent acquisition expert, is a dynamic, high energy leader with extensive experience in the recruitment and staffing industry. Her concentrated focus on quality and exceptional customer service compliments Eagle’s mission “To provide our clients with the best talent!”.

Ms. Benson is responsible for the performance and growth of the Calgary and Edmonton Branches with a focus on leading the sales, recruiting and administrative teams to deliver on the exceptional quality and customer service excellence her clients have come to expect. In addition, she continuously develops and maintains relationships with Eagle’s key clients ensuring that Eagle is addressing the unique talent needs of Calgary’s top companies.

Ms. Benson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. FX University. Having worked with Eagle in the capacities of Recruiter, Account Executive and Delivery Manager, she has over 20 years of experience in the full recruitment and staffing spectrum, including permanent, contract, contingent and corporate placements.

Kevin Dee, Founder
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Kevin DeeKevin Dee is a co-founder at Eagle. As the former CEO, Mr. Dee provides advice and experience in support of the executive team. His involvement is focused on strategic initiatives and business development.

In 2006, Mr. Dee was named CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal, in 2009 was Consumer’s Choice Businessman of the Year for Ottawa-Gatineau and, in 2012, was presented with the ACSESS Award of Excellence.

Mr. Dee was a National Board Member for nine years, and past President of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS), which is the Canadian staffing industry association. He was also a National Board Member of the National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses (NACCB Canada) for five years, stepping down in 2014. He is active in numerous charities providing both financial support, and his time.